Five minutes with Eva Biechy

Interview by Fran Domínguez

Photos by Alexandre Pattein

So nice having the chance to share some thoughts with you Eva.

Thanks, it is also a pleasure having the opportunity to share my experiences with you. I feel honored!

I would say you feel some attraction for the analog world and black and white vintage looking photography. Am I right?

Actually yes. I have always preferred black and white pictures, even if colors could be awesome as well. To me, B&W symbolizes mystery, deep feelings and shows much more intensity than colors.

Photo by Koby Boafo

Photo by Koby Boafo

Is maybe Paris one of the reasons behind that?

I was born in north of France, 25 minutes from Paris by train. My parents had always worked in Paris, and at the age of being independent, I used to go to Paris by my own. In addition to that, I studied in Paris for 2 years, without living in town. It’s been almost 2 years now that I’m living in one of the best areas of Paris, near Concorde, Tuileries Garden, Opéra, Vendôme, Madeleine... It is awesome, I’m never tired of it. The fact of running castings everyday made me discover the city, also during shootings outdoors. I don’t know if this city is the reason why I love black and white photos. I think it’s much more the people I have worked with. I have learned to know what it is beautiful and what it isn’t with photographers, bookers, art directors…

PHOTOS BY KOHANN TENSEN

PHOTOS BY KOHANN TENSEN

We also find some truly beautiful nude images on your portfolio. Is nudity something you have always felt comfortable with or it all came with the experience? How did you get started?

Love this question! Some people in my entourage are still astonished when they find out I’m doing nude pictures. Actually, I am very shy and discrete in my private life, almost demure. Some of them will tell you I have a double personality, and I agree with it. I can be very shy and discrete, but also crazy and succeed on standing naked in front of a whole team during a shooting. I would say I have a strange personality - reason why I have an alien tattooed in my arm (she laughs).

But of course, I didn’t started nude at the beginning of my career. My first shooting was almost 9 years ago, and I only "got naked" two years ago. I met the right photographer. Nude pictures are all about being and shooting with the right people you trust and enjoy working with.

Photo by Koby Boafo

Photo by Koby Boafo

During my first nude shooting, I went step by step, and without even noticing it, I was suddenly naked in the woods! Now, I’m almost not feeling embarrassed when I’m in front of the camera. I know that it’s my job and the photographer’s job. I have never had a bad experience. Nowadays, I am doing almost more nude pictures than commercials or beauty pictures!

That is so interesting Eva. I believe some agencies will not be too happy with one of their models shooting nude images so often. Some probably will though. What kind of feedback have you gotten from your agencies regarding this sort of photography?

My booker (from WM Models Paris) doesn’t really use nude or even topless pictures in my book to show to clients. Once, he told me I could do nude or topless for myself, but they were not going to use them. So I’m doing it just for me, for pleasure! But when a client ask my agency for a girl who feels comfortable with nudity, they immediately think about me. It has allowed me to shoot twice for the famous magazine Lui; with the great photographer Michel Comte for a nude series (still unpublished) and with Boo George. I am very proud about it!

Photos by Stephane Coutelle

Modeling-wise, generally speaking, do you remember that day you first thought "D'you know what? I think I could be good at this!"?

Also a good question! I never dreamed about being a model when I was a child. It all started at the age of 13. I was on holidays in the south of France in a town called Toulon. I was with my parents at the train station. As my father went to buy some books, I saw a woman talking to him. He came back with her: she was a booker from Next Canada.

But I was very young, still at school. So three years later in 2006, my mother showed me the Elite Model Look casting add in a magazine and told me I should do it. It was at Galeries Lafayettes. I went there with my father - I have no siblings, so he is very very protective, even today! (she laughs). There were like a thousand girls. I spent the whole day in there, and at the end of the day I found out that I won the first part of the casting. I had to come back the next day for the French final. As I was not confident at all, and still today, I was so surprised when I found out that I was part of the 12 finalists, along with -back then, also unknown faces- Constance Jablonski and Sigrid Agren. I didn’t win the French final, but this experience gave me just what I needed to believe in me and think "yeah, I could be good at that!". I then sent pictures to an agency, they chose me and it all began at the age of 16.

Photos by Claudia Revidat

Photos by Claudia Revidat

If you could go back in time and give one and only one single piece of advice about the modeling world to the Eva Biechy who just got started, what would that be?

Don't be so shy!

A couple of rapid fire questions... Somebody you would truly love to have the chance to work with? Just a name.

Peter Lindbergh.

And your favorite place/city/country to get lost for a break?

South of France, Côte d’Azur, where I have spent my summer holidays every year since I was a child.

Photos by Herve Coutin

Photos by Herve Coutin

A pleasure chatting with you Eva, thank you very much for your time.

Thank you, very happy to share my experiences.

 

Find out more about Eva Biechy on her Instagram @evabiechy